Northern Loop Trail
Mount Rainier National Park

Located 18.0 miles from Buckley, Washington

4 Stars
37,112 Steps 1  (16.3 mi)

The Northern Loop Trail has a maximum elevation of 6,404 ft (1,952 m), a minimum elevation of 2,992 ft (912 m), and an elevation gain of 27,391 ft (8,349 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Northern Loop Trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
37,11216.3 mi2,992 ft6,404 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
8.5 hrs24.627,391 ft35,141 ft
[ B to A ]
9.4 hrs46.035,141 ft27,391 ft

What is the length of the Northern Loop Trail?

The length of the Northern Loop Trail is 16.3 mi (26.2 km) or 37,112 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Northern Loop Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the Northern Loop Trail in 8.5 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 9.4 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.

Northern Loop Trail Topo Maps

Download free Northern Loop Trail topo maps and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Mount Rainier National Park topographic maps.

Adjoining 7.5 Minute Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Bearhead Mountain, WA
  2. North Topo Map: Clear West Peak, WA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Sun Top, WA
  4. West Topo Map: Mowich Lake, WA
  5. Topo Map: Sunrise, WA
  6. East Topo Map: White River Park, WA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Mount Rainier West, WA
  8. South Topo Map: Mount Rainier East, WA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Chinook Pass, WA

Is there a Northern Loop Trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The Northern Loop Trail is located on the Sunrise and Mowich Lake topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

Local Weather Forecast

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  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the sum of distance on the trail where angles to the horizontal is between 30 and 50 degrees (the angle of a stairway) divided by ten, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain is the cumulative elevation gain.
  8. Loss is the cumulative elevation loss.

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